within me

It was my first year of college. I'll never forget the upperclasswoman who lived in the dorm room next door.

She was strong, spoke German fluently, and got up at 4:00 every morning to row with the crew team on the Allegheny River. You did not mess with her. Everybody knew it.

Because she was next door, she observed what I was up to. Comings and goings, happy days and tears. She noted everything and analyzed.

Eventually, she posted a sign on my door that said, "I love everybody and you're next."

I think she saw me before I saw myself.

I'm playing 100 Word Song at My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog. Last week's song (yes, I am trying to catch up!) is "Within Me" by Lacuna Coil.